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Windows 8.1 preview to 8.1 retail.

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    Windows 8.1 preview to 8.1 retail.


    Hi.
    So ive updated my windows 8 to 8.1 preview.
    and now i would like to update it to 8.1 retail version.

    Is there any way to do this without reinstalling my computer?

    Regards Hargibi

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  2. #2


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Hopefully there will be (I'm hoping it will be possible via the Windows Store Upgrade to 8.1)... but we'll need to wait just a few more hours to find out!

    Microsoft have said you'll need to reinstall all your software though.
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    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    Hopefully there will be (I'm hoping it will be possible via the Windows Store Upgrade to 8.1)... but we'll need to wait just a few more hours to find out!

    Microsoft have said you'll need to reinstall all your software though.
    i hope so Any idea how long untill we get the update?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64
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  5. #5


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    Windows 8.1


    Microsoft have said you'll need to reinstall all your software though.
    In support of what DavidY stated, I have excerpted this comment from a Paul Thurrott article here:

    If you previously upgraded from Windows 8 to the Windows 8.1 Preview, bad news: You can upgrade to the final version of Windows 8.1 for free, of course. But you will have to reinstall all of your desktop applications and Metro-style apps (the ones that don't ship as part of Windows). Otherwise, this upgrade will work the same as updating from the original version of Windows 8.

    Read full article here:

    http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/here-comes-windows-81
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can go from Preview to final. Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ - Microsoft Windows Look under "Do I need a Product key to install Windows 8.1 Preview".
    > Additionally, you'll also need your Windows 8 product key when you update to the final edition of Windows 8.1 from the preview.<
    I have no idea what stays and what gets lost in the process though.
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  7. #7


    BELGIUM
    Posts : 503
    WINDOWS 8.1 x64


    well, in my opinion, one needs to reinstall Windows 8.1 from scratch, all installed programs, again.


    Jeff
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  8. #8


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    If running Windows 8.1 Pro Preview, it is not updateable.Reinstall Windows 8 than update.
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  9. #9


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    If running Windows 8.1 Pro Preview, it is not updateable.Reinstall Windows 8 than update.
    Hi theog,

    The 8.1 Preview page (which seems to have been updated today) suggests you should be able to update from the Preview via the Windows Store... do you have reason to believe it won't work?

    Updating from Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Windows Help
    Updating to Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1

    Your options for updating to Windows 8.1 depend on how you installed Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview.

    I installed the preview from the Windows Store or I installed the preview using media while Windows 8 was running

    You can download the update free of charge from the Windows Store. You'll be able to keep your personal files, but you'll need to reinstall your applications. Make sure you have any original installation media that might be required for applications that were not installed from the Windows Store.
    Note

    Before updating, make sure you have installed all available updates to your PC. You can do this by running Windows Update and installing all updates. To find out more about using Windows Update, see Windows automatic updating: Frequently asked questions.

    To find out more about updating to Windows 8.1, see Updating to Windows 8.1: FAQ.

    I installed the preview by booting from ISO media

    If you installed Windows 8.1 Preview by booting from ISO media, you can update to the final version of Windows 8.1 Pro using the Windows Store, but your system won't be activated until you buy a Windows 8.1 licence and Product Key. You can do this by following the instructions when you activate your system, or by purchasing a DVD of Windows 8.1 Pro.

    If you don't want to buy a copy of the Pro edition of Windows 8.1, you should return your PC to its previous operating system before installing Windows 8.1.
    It doesn't seem like it will be smart enough to find embedded keys on PCs which came with OEM Windows 8 though.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Try with test rig first install with ISO 8.1 Preview. No update in store.

    Updating from Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Windows Help
    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    I installed the preview from the Windows Store or I installed the preview using media while Windows 8 was running



    You can download the update free of charge from the Windows Store. You'll be able to keep your personal files, but you'll need to reinstall your applications. Make sure you have any original installation media that might be required for applications that were not installed from the Windows Store.
    I installed the preview by booting from ISO media



    If you installed Windows 8.1 Preview by booting from ISO media, you can update to the final version of Windows 8.1 Pro using the Windows Store, but your system won't be activated until you buy a Windows 8.1 licence and Product Key. You can do this by following the instructions when you activate your system, or by purchasing a DVD of Windows 8.1 Pro.

    If you don't want to buy a copy of the Pro edition of Windows 8.1, you should return your PC to its previous operating system before installing Windows 8.1.
    May retry later, doing OEM for now.
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